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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Inspired by the exuberance of the Romani Gypsy culture. Telegraph Gypsy Ale celebrates the restless and adventurous spirit in all of us. We brewed it with rye, unmalted wheat, and locally grown plums. Then we fermented it with Brettanomyces while listening to traditional Gypsy tunes. It’s wild, it’s unique, it’s delicious. So go ahead, stray from that well-trodden ground you are following, grab a bottle, and dance along a crooked path. Opa!

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
750ml bottle shared by noodleuser: pours a clear bright golden with a stringy-lacing whitehead. Has a fresh light fruity nose with some light pale malty sweetness and good lightly puckering sourness before a drier slightly warming finish. Pretty true to style and should age well.


5
dflb (46) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2017 The 10th and final beer celebrating the first year anniversary of my beer posts is Gypsy Ale. Brewed by Telegraph Brewing Company, Gypsy Ale is a wild Ale crafted with plums and Brettanomyces. The smell of Brettanomyces yeast affronts the aromas. The funk of the Brett is the scent we note from the air of the beer. The sweet vibe of berries are sensed too. Alcohol content is 8%, but belittled by the elements of the beer. The tart experience is due to black berries and cherries. Cherries come first, and the black berries follow and broadens the tart. A hint of strawberries sweetens the beer. Plum is subtle and felt in the finish. There's a white wine quality to the drink. White grapes are what we detect that creates this complexity. Brewed with rye, it is extremely faint. You don't realize you are tasting it until you recognize it in the finish. A grainy texture plays with our mouth and it is raw, unmalted wheat. The Brettanomyces yeast accents the berries and creates volume to the depth of this beer. Gypsy Ale is an impeccable beer. The tart comes off as a surprise. The plum takes such a backseat that you wonder where is it, but it will be sensed in the fluidity of the finish. The Brettanomyces yeast is overtaken by the tartness of the beer, but the smell of it gratifies on each drink. An extraordinary conclusion to the first year anniversary of my beer posts. Beautifully complex, Gypsy Ale is out of this world. Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.

5
Craftbrewhaha (80) - - OCT 1, 2015
This beer blew my mind! The sourness is perfect. Dry, refreshing, not over acidic, very drinkable. This stands up there with the best Plum sours I’ve ever had and at half the price. Hoping to track down a few more bottles of this to enjoy later.

3.7
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Notes of tart plum skins fruity plum notes a good amount of funky Brett as well as a bit I tartness. Reddish auburn purplish pour white head. Flavors if plum skins a little sweet juicy plum Notes funky Brett moderate tartness. Bright carbonation with a bitey dry finish. Solid stuff.

3.8
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
750ml. Think this was my first Telegraph? Hints of grains, light brett, and plums. Flavors are light barnyard, hay, tiny funk elements, hints at plums, and a tiny hop note. Pretty good! Very balanced.

3.6
DedicatedToFun (4003) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle, thanks DedicatedToFun! Orange pour, white head, nose is plums, taste is plums, Brett, apples, boo-yah!

3.9
marcus (10683) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours copper with an attractive off-white head and a sour fruity aroma. There is a sour grape flavor with a fairly complex malt base and a nice yeast presence.

3.6
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2014
750, corked and baled. Pours a clear medium rubied amber with no head or lace. Bright tangy sweet stone fruit tartness with soft wheaty tang on the nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Sharply bracing acidic bite on the mid palate, starting right from the attach. Not much rye presence, but great wheaty tang and fruity/fermented acidity. Approachable and quite delicious.

3.9
bhensonb (15765) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2014
750 c&c from Bine & Vine. Pours hazy golden copper with a slight, transient white head. Aroma is very fruity, fairly intense, yet not really strong in one particular or another. Quite nice, but different. With a deep inhale something like tart plum surfaces. Med body. Flavor is tart, has an aspect suggesting red wine, moves on to tart plum and I think has enough brett to be detectable. It is quite different in flavor, and that may be the rye. Not able to parse out rye spice, but I can believe it’s part of the mix. Very tasty, and not overly strenuous on the senses. A little horseblanket comes thru in the finish.

3.6
slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"a nice sour/wild ale that wasn’t quite worth the price. starts with a promising light fruit and funky aroma, but the flavor fell a little short. dry from the rye and brett, and tasty, but lacking in depth. a little plum and malt, lots of brett (though not aggressively sour) with a dry finish.

3
Zita (6331) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
light soft sweet ,sour aroma,amber, clear, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly sour, light body, fizzy, nice fresh finish.


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